World Cup results – June 23

23 Jun

Clearly the big story of the day was the USA’s spectacularly dramatic 1-0 win over Algeria. However, I posted about that earlier so I won’t get into much detail here. Bottom line: Landon Donovan has erased that big game choker label after his 91st minute winner. I swear, this team is going to give me a heart attack. With the win, the U.S. topped the group for only the second time ever (previous being in 1930 so that hardly counts).

England took second in group C after a 1-0 win over Slovenia (U.S. was first on goals scored tiebreaker). It was England’s best performance of the tournament and they probably could have added another couple goals. Jermaine Defoe scored the winning goal, making Fabio Capello’s move to start him over Emile Heskey look brilliant. It’s unfortunate for Slovenia, who actually topped the group coming into today’s final game.

In group D, Australia made things interesting, jumping out to a 2-0 lead over Serbia at the same time that Germany had taken a 1-0 lead over Ghana. The 4-0 drubbing by Germany came back to haunt the Socceroos as they got a 2-1 win, but couldn’t make up the goal difference on Ghana. Germany’s Mesut Ozil scored the winning goal to send the team into the round of 16 for the 15th (!) straight World Cup.

Now the U.S. will take on Ghana Saturday and Germany will play England Saturday. The U.S. and Ghana met in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup with the African nation claiming a 2-1 victory. And of course, there’s very little animosity between Germany and England, so I’m sure that game is going to be very civil.

Group C results
USA 1 (Donovan 90+1)
Algeria 0

Slovenia 0
England 1 (Defoe 23)

Group D results
Ghana 0
Germany 1 (Ozil 60)

Australia 2 (Cahill 69, Holman 73)
Serbia 1 (Pantelic 84)

Group C final standings
USA – 5 (+1)
England – 5 (+1)
Slovenia – 4 (0)
Algeria – 1 (-2)

Group D final standings
Germany – 6 (+4)
Ghana – 4 (0)
Australia – 4 (-3)
Serbia – 3 (-1)

Round of 16 matchups
USA vs. Ghana
Germany vs. England


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